Arsene Wenger admits to having “offered a lot of money” to take Jamie Vardy to Arsenal

The legendary former Gunners boss has admitted to placing profitable presents to the Leicester striker, solely to see his advances rebuffed Arsene Wenger admits to having “provided some huge cash” to take Jamie Vardy to Arsenal in 2016, however his advances have been rebuffed and the Gunners missed out on one of many Premier League’s most prolific strikers.

An enigmatic character on the Foxes’ books attracted admiring glances from north London after serving to to ship a exceptional Premier League title triumph to the King Energy Stadium.

Vardy had proven himself to be greater than able to mixing it with English soccer’s elite, making him of apparent attraction to any variety of rivals, however a swap to north London might by no means be pushed by way of.

Requested on beIN Sports activities how shut he got here to signing Vardy throughout his time at Arsenal, Wenger stated: “I provided him some huge cash on the time.

“Leicester had simply gained the championship in 2016, and [Vichai] Srivaddhanaprabha on the time, who sadly after had the helicopter accident, did completely not wish to lose him and so they provided him an extended contract and roughly the identical cash, if no more.”

Wenger added when quizzed on whether or not Vardy would have match his system: “We had extra of the ball, sure, however nonetheless across the field, the timings of his runs, he finds the house.

“If you see the large strikers, they’re on the transfer when others stand nonetheless within the field, and he has that.

“You see they learn (the sport) sooner than others, they anticipate higher, they perceive faster than different individuals what’s occurring, and (he has) that high quality of anticipation, that pace of understanding.”

Why did Arsenal need Vardy?

Within the 2015-016 marketing campaign, which was solely Vardy’s second on a Premier League stage, Leicester stormed to essentially the most surprising of title successes.

Their No.9 led that cost, with the goal discovered on 24 events.

Arsenal’s main marksman that season, Olivier Giroud, matched that total return however solely managed 16 efforts within the league.

Wenger needed a distinct kind of frontman, one that would run in behind and transfer opposition defences round, however he noticed Vardy decide to contemporary phrases on the King Energy Stadium.

Former Arsenal switch fixer, Dick Legislation, has claimed within the latest previous that the Gunners had an settlement in place, just for the participant to have a change of coronary heart.

He advised The Athletic in April 2020: “The cope with Leicester was achieved, the cope with the participant was achieved.

“He got here down to go to together with his spouse Rebekah, he sat on the sofa in entrance of Arsene… after which he backed off.

“On his method again to Leicester I get a name from the participant saying he desires to consider it in a single day. At that time, it is dangerous information.”

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Vardy has gone on to take his tally of targets for Leicester to 144 in 333 appearances.

Of these efforts, 115 have come within the Premier League – making him certainly one of 29 centurions within the English high flight.

He signed his newest contract extension with the Foxes in 2020, with a three-year settlement set to maintain him within the East Midlands past his thirty sixth birthday.